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B.J. Ryan will take all the shady calls he can get

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I’m sure Ozzie will say something about those two calls to Griffey in the 9th, but they were textbook strikes according to the pitch f/x operator’s look at Jr’s knees (which it says are 1.68 feet high- above the league average of 1.6):

And perfect pitches, too! (although that one on the corner and low is very rarely called just because umps are like that). Over his last handful of shaky outings Ryan has flip-flopped one batter to the next between having seemingly no idea where the ball is going and making some really excellent pitches. There’s a dominant closer in there somewhere trying to get out…


Written by halejon

September 12, 2008 at 12:18 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Thanks. The Sox announcers are two of the worst human beings in the world, and I was looking forward to you possibly showing the pitch f/x for that at-bat. It is reassuring to know that they are not only twin piles of shameless and undignified human garbage, but blind as well.

    Ice Cream Jonsey

    September 12, 2008 at 1:19 am

  2. I’m actually surprised, I thought they were both balls.


    September 12, 2008 at 1:42 am

  3. I may be confusing this with another pitch, but I’m pretty sure Ashby thought the second one was nowhere near a strike. Anyway, Howarth said a few times toward the end that Winters was having a bad game. (Didn’t see any of it myself.)

    Cincinnatus C.

    September 12, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  4. I thought they were both balls, too. Griffey is pretty tall. And umps call the low strike not so often. But pitch f/x says it was reasonable at least and after he called the first one, he really had to call the second one.

    Live by the sword…There was another pitch to Lind that was even closer than these ones but still a strike, apparently. Adam Lind took it and then struck out on the next pitch with the bases loaded in the 8th.


    September 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  5. Ughhh – they were so terrible. If I hear about how WE have to get OUR guys on base one more time…


    September 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm

  6. Hawk was the Sox GM, so he really believes they’re his guys.


    September 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  7. Oh, one funny thing was when Rob Black was talking about the guy who ran on the field, and when they were hauling him off he said, “He gone.”


    September 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm

  8. I could have sworn those were all balls. I have to admit, I really don’t like PitchTracker (which I assume is a cousin of pitchFX?). And when I say that I’m not questioning its accuracy, just that I far preferred the days where to see if a pitch was outside we got the overhead shot of home plate (and a perfect view of how much corner the ball was actually catching) and the side view of the batter so you can see where the ball crosses his knees or letters for low/high stuff.


    September 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm

  9. I love the overhead view, but for some reason you never see it at the Dome, no?

    Pitchtracker uses the same data as pitch f/x, but for some reason the strike zone is messed up and way too narrow. Every pitch is in the right position relative to each other, but the strike zone they show about three inches too small on each side.

    I wish there were overhead shots all the time on TV, sure, but I also would really like something that showed where a pitcher was in the real strike zone all night or through an at-bat and how an umpire had really been calling it, which is actually pretty close to the letter of the law with the occasional exception, as opposed to random and crazy and terrible like it seems on TV.


    September 14, 2008 at 1:27 am

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